Using the Updated Search Forms

Posted by Amy Johnson Crow on November 7, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site

Over the next few weeks, Ancestry will be rolling out an updated search form. Some of you may already have seen it and used it. Let’s take a look at what’s new. First, you might notice that the search form doesn’t have a link for “Advanced Search.” Instead, there is a link to “Show more… Read more

The 1896 and 1898 Rolls of the Five Civilized Tribes

Posted by Juliana Szucs on November 5, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Research

In 1893, the Commission to the Five Civilized Tribes, under the leadership of Henry Dawes, was established to convince the leaders of the Five Civilized Tribes – Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Creek, and Seminole – to accept individual land allotments in exchange for tribal lands. The challenge was determining who was eligible; the Dawes Commission was… Read more

Upcoming Ancestry Events: November 2014

Posted by Crista Cowan on November 4, 2014 in Events, Webinars

There is snow on the mountains here in Utah.  Hard to believe that fall is already winding down and winter is on its way.  The good news is that many of us will now be spending more time indoors.  And what better indoor activity than curling up with your laptop and doing a little family… Read more

Coming Soon: Improved DNA Matching

Posted by Anna Swayne on November 3, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, AncestryDNA

Over the past year or so, we’ve been in the AncestryDNA lab working to create new and improved ways to find distant family members with DNA. In the process, we’ve rewritten the book on AncestryDNA matching and made some significant breakthroughs we’re looking forward to sharing soon. These advancements will make AncestryDNA matching far more… Read more

A brief history of Halloween. Click if you dare!

Posted by Brian Gallagher on October 31, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, United Kingdom

Halloween is here! Time to dress up and trick or treat, attend bonfires, parties and firework displays, and generally enjoy yourself. Have you ever wondered where these traditions come from? Halloween is a mixed bag of different traditions and customs influenced by diverse religions and cultures. It all began in Ireland’s Celtic past. It was at… Read more

Bring Your Ancestors to Life: Adding Context with Unique Ancestry Collections

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Family History Month

Looking at a pedigree chart can be somewhat uninspiring to family members who haven’t yet been bitten with the genealogy bug. We know that those names and dates carry stories, but to really do them justice we need to add context. There are some fantastic resources available on Ancestry that can help us do just… Read more

13 Spooky Family History Finds

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 30, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Cool Finds, Holidays

Witches, ghosts, murder—researchers from Ancestry found them all and more when they started combing the headlines for spooky facts in some current, and former, celebrities’ pasts.   Real Witch Found in Emma Watson’sFamily Tree: Muggle actress Emma Watson, famous for playing Hermione Granger, the preternaturally talented witch and ally of Harry Potter, has a real-life… Read more

Ten Free Data Collections to Get You Started With Your Family History

Posted by Anne Gillespie Mitchell on October 29, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections, Family History Month

Money a little tight?  Are you looking for a free way to get a relative hooked on family history? (Aren’t we all?) Creating trees on Ancestry is always free — you just need to register. Check out these free data collections to help fill in some branches: 1940 US Census: Find one ancestor in here and… Read more

History of Jewish Migration to the United States

Posted by Ancestry.com on October 28, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Family History Month

This is a guest post by Gary Mokotoff Jews have been coming to the Americas literally since Columbus discovered America. Luis De Torres, a Jew, was Columbus’ interpreter on his maiden trip. Migration of Jews through the centuries, for the most part, came in waves primarily because of persecution, but also for economic or political… Read more

Tips for Finding Your Ancestors in German Civil Registration Records on Ancestry

Posted by Juliana Szucs on October 27, 2014 in Ancestry.com Site, Collections

Ancestry has just launched more than 11.7 million new German records, the majority of which are birth, marriage, and death records. Initially, registrations of births, marriages, and deaths were kept by religious denominations, but a civil registry modeled on the French system was implemented on 1 October 1874 in Prussian provinces, and throughout the German… Read more